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on international policy attitudes and i would like to recognize steve coll who is with us today. his research partner in this effort decided that they wanted come after the embassy attacks, to dig in to where the american public is on these questions today. how they are struggling to interpret the events in the middle east. in light of the attacks but beyond the embassy attacks themselves. and so, shibley will be providing a steady with an overview of the results of their work. a new poll that was conducted just a week and a half ago, less. so it's extremely fresh public opinion data. we are going to take that data analysis and add to it some come textual analysis from some very seasoned observers, william galston of the government share of studies here at the brookings institution, seasoned observer of american politics and culture and also a thoughtful scholar on issues of religion and culture and politics and hisham melhem, the washington bureau chief for al arabiya, a seasoned observer of arab politics. with these two gentlemen as our assistance today, we will be able to take a broad look
in light of what was the last week in denver? >> steve, i think he touched on the biggest reason why this debate could be more important than these under cards typically are. that is because there is pressure on joe biden to stand and deliver, and to change the narrative from what we've had the last few days. which is a fact given president obama's weak performance in denver, that mitt romney for the first time it seemed a real bump in the polls, and in some states is polling narrowly ahead. so i think biden will try to turn that around, put paul ryan and the gop ticket back on the defensive and at the same time the burden is on trying to keep the mojo going, keep romney's sort of balance here a life released a few more days until the president and mitt romney face off again next week. so i think that's the biggest reason why this thing matters. also one important point and that is this is one of the first perhaps the only campaign where one side is really campaigning against the policies of the other parties vice president as much as they're running against the other party's preside
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